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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.

 

Books/Publishing

 

How To Format a Query Letter - Nathan Bransford

What is the proper email query format? A lot of writer's make the mistake of using snail-mail guidelines when it comes to formatting an email. Literary agent Nathan Bransford uncovers the mystery of the email query.

 

Who are "The Big Six"? - Fiction Matters

Chances are if you've tried to break into the traditional publishing world, you've probably heard the term "The Big Six." What and who is "The Big Six?"

 

Film

 

Paths Into Film Making - Screenwriting Basics

Andrew Michael Brown lists four paths for breaking into the film industry. Choose one path or try them all.

 

Filmmaking Tips : Becoming a Film Director - Get Film Crew

Filmmaker Jared Drake gets down to brass tacks and reveals what it takes to be a director.

 

Music


Dealing with Pre-concert nerves - How to Practice

Mike Saville addresses the issues of nerves and vocal performance. Being tense can affect the quality of your voice. Loosen up and sing right!


Lyrics: how important are they to you? - zed equals zee

Do lyrics make the song? Debcha wants to know. She's posted a poll to find out if the listener cares about the lyrics.

 

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Great Cubicle Literature

 

Could including tales of your protagonist's time spent in his/her cubicle make your book great literature? The New York Times wants to know why workplace drama has disappeared from modern day literature. After all, Moby Dick would be nothing without all that waling ship politics and coworker conflicts. From the article that dares to ask the question:

 

And in The Telegraph of London, John Lanchester, who took a break from novel-writing to research "I.O.U.," his new primer on the financial crisis, asked why fiction tended to "break down" in the face of the complex modern economy. Work has become central to many people's self-¬conception, Lanchester noted. So why, in novels, does it tend to be ?as much a marginal detail of a character's life as her hair color"?

 

You read the entire article by clicking here:Take This Job and Write It

 

 

Lights! Action! Location! Location! Location!

 

Documentaries are an excellent vehicle for unknown filmmakers to break into the business. You don't have to deal with actors who may or may not be movie stars. You don't need a carefully crafted script. All you need is an interesting story with some compelling real life characters. The interview is key to creating a documentary, and it is not just the questions that matter. Your location plays a big part. Here's some sage advice on filmmaking.net:

 

For instance, if you were going to do a documentary on how to play texas holdem, you would first need to find an appropriate location where you could interview the players. Since many people play inside of casinos, this would be a good location to use. Be sure to contact the casino ahead of time though so you can ensure that you've got permission to shoot in their establishment. Getting this permission can be as easy as emailing the desired casino or as complicated as making several phone calls to get a hold of the person in charge.

 

You can read the entire article by clicking here: Filming Interviews for a Documentary

 

 

Put Down the Guitar and Write a Book!

 

What happens when a musician decides to set aside his/her musical muse and replace it with a literary one A surprising number of musicians have done just that over the years, and they've been surprisingly successful. Paste Magazine has posted their list of favorites. Here's a sample:

 

John Wesley Harding is actually this British folk/pop singer's stage name, and when he released two novels - one in 2005 and the next in 2007 - he chose to put his given name, Wesley Stace, on the covers. The name swap had zero effect on his books? success, though. His first novel, Misfortune, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award...

 

You can see the entire list here: Our Favorite Musicians-Turned-Authors

 

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.

 

Books/Publishing

 

Bloggers Talk Steampunk - The Book Smugglers

Are you writing steampunk fiction? Do you know what steampunk fiction is? Steampunk The Rise of a Genre!

 

New study shows some correlation between free ebooks and higher print sales - Bloggasm

Give it away! Give it away! Give it away now! Study suggests giving ebooks away gives you a short term bump in print sales.

 

Film

 

Hollywood Studio to Back Micro-Budget Movies - IndieWIRE

Paramount Pictures is tightening the purse strings and that is a good thing. After the success of the indie turned studio film Paranormal Activity, the major Hollywood studio has decided to produce more micro-budget films. If you can shoot your film for under $100,000, you might want to put them on your Rolodex.

 

Risky Business: Producing 'Indie' Films - Film Slate Magazine

Over the years, technology has leveled the playing field in the film industry. Indie filmmakers can use prosumer/consumer grade equipment and create a product that is competitive with the big studios. But there are still risks.


Music


My Thoughts On What To Do As a New / Unknown Artist - NIN Forum

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails gives some great advice on how unknown musicians can make it in today's market. As he puts it, "Word of mouth is the only true marketing that matters."


Improving Vocal Ability: How Long Does It Take To Get Results? - Judy Rodman

How many lessons does it take to improve your voice? If you have the right vocal coach, just one.

 

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Richard is an employee of CreateSpace and an award-winning author.

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Slush No More

 

Having served as an editor for Clockwatch Review for 16 years, James Plath has learned a thing or two about what it takes to make it from the slush pile to editor's choice.  He shared his tricks of the trade recently in an article in Writer's Digest.  An example of his advice:

 

Can you up the ante? The simplest fictional formula is situation, followed by complication and (ir)resolution. Many times we get stories where the complication feels like part of an emerging problem the character must face, rather than an additional factor that will make a resolution tougher. Other times the complication just isn't complicated enough, or there simply isn't enough at stake. Try intensifying an existing complication, or toss in one or two more for good measure!

 

You can see all plath's tips by clicking here:21 Tips to Get Out of the Slush Pile

 

 

3-D, Are We Going Back to the Future?

 

James Cameron invented 3-D, right?  Actually, between 1952 and 1955 more than fifty stereoscopic (3-D) films were released.  But even before that, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote about binocular vision in The Atlantic Monthly in 1859 and designed his own Stereoscope - a viewing tool that gave the appearance of 3-D photographic images.  In 1861, Holmes wrote that his device would give the viewer a virtual experience, or as he put it:

 

...a dream-like exaltation of the faculties, a kind of clairvoyance, in which we seem to leave the body behind us and sail away into one strange scene after another.

 

You can read the entire article on The New Yorker's website: Third Way

 

 

Bonnaroo Goes Coco!

 

The hippie/hipster music festival in Manchester, Tennessee has decided to laugh it up at this year's event.  Among the music acts from virtually every genre, there will also be comedians galore taking the stage.  The big get?  A redheaded, tweeting guru:

 

... it will also feature a stop on Conan O'Brien's return to the stage. The hilarious ex-host of The Tonight Show will perform in the Comedy Theater on Friday, June 11, and MC the What Stage on Saturday, June 12. (He's also launching a nationwide tour this summer.)

 

You can see the entire lineup of comedians here: Bonnaroo Announces Comedy Lineup Featuring Coco

 

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There is an art to writing and producing independent films.  Should you write with budget in mind?  Do you write for certain actors?  The Writers Guild of America interviewed writers of independent film at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to find out the secret to succeeding in the world of independent film.

 

 

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Richard is an employee of CreateSpace and an award-winning author.

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.

 

Books/Publishing

 

Book tour? More like a safari - Los Angeles Times

Are book tours still relevant in today's web 2.0 world? Some authors think so. While publishers are cutting back on book tours, some authors are paying the bills themselves and hitting the road with varying degrees of success.

 

13 Writing Tips - Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk shares his philosophies on writing. Among the gems, he points out something that I had never heard before. There are three kinds of speech: Descriptive, Instructive, and Expressive.

 

Film

 

Promoting a Film Festival for the Long Tail: a Digital Marketing Case Study - Best Social Media Marketing Tips

This is a comprehensive article on the dos and don'ts of marketing a film festival using social media. Some of the strategies can be easily applied to marketing individual films.

 

How Hurt Locker Got Made - Either/Or/Bored

It cleaned up at the Oscars, but was everybody onboard the Hurt Locker bandwagon when the producers where trying to get funding? It wouldn't be much of an underdog story if they were.

 

Music

 

Timbre is What Gives Color to Music - Music After 50

What tone color is your music? Do you know your own timbre?

 

Granny DJ Spins the Internet into a Frenzy - Mashable

You're never too old to rock... or DJ. DJ Ruth Flowers brings her beats to the streets and becomes a viral video sensation.

 

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Richard is an employee of CreateSpace and an award-winning author.

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Authors Dos and Don'ts

 

The rules of writing go beyond making sure your 'i's" are dotted, and your "T's" are crossed. The Guardian asked a number of authors to share their personal philosophies on writing. The tips are surprisingly practical and candid. For example, here is a piece of advice from Margaret Atwood:

 

You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there's no free lunch. Writing is work. It's also gambling. You don't get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you're on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don't whine.

 

You can see all the authors' tips by clicking here: Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

 

 

The Plasticity of Low Budget Filmmaking

 

Director Eric Stanze explains that writing with a budget in mind is the most practical road to take. That doesn't mean you shouldn't adapt your script as you shoot to accommodate those unexpected and unique opportunities that often present themselves during production. As he puts it:

 

I think S.F. Brownrigg, director of "Don't Look In The Basement," explained it best when he spoke of his "three legged dog" low budget filmmaking tactic: If you discover a three legged dog on set, put it in your movie because that's production value. But never, in pre-production, write a three legged dog into your script, because then you'll never find one.

 

You can read Eric's entire article on Fear.net:Confessions of a Working Director - 2/1/2010

 

 

What Effect Does Music Have on the Brain?

 

For years, people have claimed that classical music can make children smarter. Some studies even suggest that youngsters exposed to music can develop a skill to pick out specific sounds in noisy environments. This would give them the ability to pay closer attention in crowded classrooms.According to the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco's Dr. Frank Wilson's research:

 

...instrumental practice enhances coordination, concentration and memory and also brings about the improvement of eyesight and hearing. His studies have shown that involvement in music connects and develops the motor systems of the brain, refining the entire neurological system in ways that cannot be done by any other activity.

 

You can read the entire story on Piano Chords and Progressions:Music & Intelligence: Will Listening to Music Make You Smarter?

 

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Where Have All the Book Reviewers Gone?

 

It's no secret that as newspapers scale back on size and staff, the book review section has been the first thing to go in many cases. So where can you find a good book reviewer these days?  GalleyCat thinks Twitter is a great place to look. In fact, they've put together a list of book reviewers on Twitter. As they put it:

 

Twitter has become a new home for book reviewers, as they share recommendations, spread links, and review books in 140-character bursts. To celebrate this new kind of criticism, GalleyCat Reviews is building a directory of the best book review content on Twitter.

 

You can read the entire article on MediaBistro's Galleycat by clicking here: Best Book Reviewers on Twitter

 

 

Point and Shoot a Film

 

There is a growing trend among filmmakers to turn to DSLR cameras when shooting low-budget films. Primarily designed for still images, it turns out the larger surface areas of the image sensors results in beautiful video footage when compared to similarly priced video cameras. In the words of Ryan Bilsborrow-Koo of No Film School:

 

That "movie mode" hidden in the menu system of your new DSLR? It's not just a novelty feature. It's nothing short of a revolutionary, democratizing, disruptive moviemaking technology, as important as the invention of color film, 16mm, or HDTV.

 

You can read Ryan's extensive article on how to use a DSLR for video by clicking here:The DSLR Cinematography Guide

 

 

Abbey Road Friends

 

The legendary recording studio Abbey Road is dangerously close to shutting down and winding up in the hands of property developers. The Beatles and Pink Floyd are just a few of the famous bands that recorded in the studio. In an effort to save Abbey Road, former employees and fans flocked to Facebook and formed the "Save Abbey Road Studios from property developers!" group. Founder of the group Roland Heap says:

 

We appeal to EMI to reconsider the sale of this important historical institution and preserve for generations to come this bastion of recording excellence, or if there be no alternative to a sale, that a buyer is sought who can keep these facilities operating at the same exquisite standards as they have always done.

 

You can read the entire article in Unreality Shout by clicking here:Thousands join Facebook group to save Abbey Road Studios

 

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Sleepless Author Gives Advice on How to Find an Agent

 

Author David K. Randall turned his sleep disorder into a book deal. The key to his success was the research he put into finding an agent. According to Randall:

 

I found my agent, Larry Weissman through perhaps the most boring way possible. I collected a bunch of books that I liked that had the same sensibility of the book I'm working on, and searched through the acknowledgments section to see who represented and edited them.

 

You can read the entire article on MediaBistro's Galleycat by clicking here: How to Find an Agent for Your Nonfiction Book

 

 

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

 

Given the crazy weather we've been experiencing this February, it's only appropriate that we examine some of the best snow scenes in cinematic history. At the top of the list of seven films picked by IFC's Independent Eye is a W.C. Fields gem called "The Fatal Glass of Beer."

 

This is a slow-moving but winningly bizarre meta-parody of the now obscure Yukon melodrama, oft compared to Monty Python for its sheer strangeness. Fields' indomitability in the face of cold weather is inspiring.

 

You can see the entire list of films by clicking here:Seven Memorable Movie Winter Snowstorms

 

 

How to Play the Piano without a Piano

 

This is just cool. Someone has figured out how to use YouTube as a tool to play piano online. You can actually play the keys of the piano on the video clip. Here's the explanation on SynthGear:

 

This is fun little video from kokokaka is not something that you really watch, but rather use - it allows you to actually play a video piano interactively. The video uses the YouTube annotations feature to jump around in the video based on what piano key is clicked.

 

You can watch play the video here:YouTube Piano

 

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.

 

Books/Publishing

 

How to Leave Your Readers Better Than You Found Them - Write to Done

Nathalie Lussier of Raw Foods Witch argues that good storytelling skills are key to good blogging

 

Character Name Generator - ficticity

Has the well gone dry on cool character names?  Never fear, the automatic character name generator is here!

 

Film

 

10 hints for index cards - johnaugust.com

Screenwriter John August reveals his process for outlining a script.  Get your index cards ready.

 

This is the Right Time to Make Movies! - The 401st Blow::Thoughts on Media

Filmmaker Noah Harlan makes a thorough case that all the pieces are in place for independent filmmakers to succeed.

 

Music

 

Tips for the Mix to the Master - Music Producers Forum

Friends don't let friends mix and master at the same time.  Mastering engineer Adrian Carr reveals his tricks of the mastering trade.

 

Ten Tips for Getting into the Composing Game - Scorecast Online

Freelance composer Heather Fenoughty shares her common sense tips on becoming a working composer.

 

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The Town That Loved J.D. Salinger

 

To generations of American's, J.D. Salinger was known as the reclusive author of the great American classic "The Cather in the Rye" but to the townspeople of Cornish, New Hampshire, he was just Jerry.   According to an article in The New York Times, the author enjoyed being an average Joe. Here's an excerpt from the article:

 

By all accounts Mr. Salinger loved the area. He would, until recent years, vote in elections and attend town meetings at the Cornish Elementary School, and he went to the Plainfield General Store each day before it closed. He was often spotted at the Price Chopper supermarket in Windsor, separated from Cornish by a covered bridge and the now ice-jammed river, and he ate lunch alone at the Windsor Diner. Mr. Salinger was also said to have frequented the library at Dartmouth College and to have attended the occasional house party.

 

You can read the entire article by clicking here: J. D. Salinger a Recluse? Well, Not to His Neighbors

 

 

Poster Helps Filmmaker Get Distribution Deal.

 

If you're looking for that dream distribution deal with a major studio, make sure you have a solid cast, a terrific director of photography, an excellent script and a movie poster to die for.  Turns out, your marketing material may do more than just help you sell tickets. Kevin Kangas has no doubt it helped him land a deal.

 

I got even luckier on my second film. I hired a guy named Erik Ashley to design a poster for "Fear of Clowns". He put together a couple of great ones, and I can tell you this with absolute sincerity: His poster got Lionsgate to pick up my film. Yes, you read that right.

 

You can read the entire article by clicking here: Why A One-Sheet Is Almost As Important As The Movie You Made

 

Caught Between the Old Music Model and the New

 

Ariel Hyatt of Music Think Tank interviews Brian Mazzaferri of the indie band I Fight Dragons about the pursuit of the1,000 fans benchmark.  Mazzaferri shares his insight on what it's like growing your fan base in today's music industry.

 

...a True Fan is not a possession.  It's a relationship.  As such, it grows and changes, and people come and go as you grow, and as they grow and their lives change.  Plus the more True Fans you have, the less overall time you have for each one, which is definitely a factor for the people that are your biggest fans.  Keeping up with 1000 personal relationships is a monumental task!

 

You can the entire interview by clicking here:I Fight Dragons: 1 Band, 1 Year, & 10,000 New Fans - In Defense of 1,000 True Fans

 

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.

 

Books/Publishing

 

My First Sale - Dear Author

Your first sale isn't always your first book.  Author Larissa Ione documents the journey to her first sale.

 

The Land of Underwater Birds - Glimmer Train

Novelist Eric Puchner examines the art of developing a title for your book. Guess which classic was almost called Trimalchio in West Egg?

 

Film

 

List of 82nd Annual Academy Award Nominations - Yahoo! Movies

Did your favorite film of 2009 get a nomination? A few surprises receive nominations.

 

Film and TV Grammar is Like Body Language  - Illiterary Fiction

Len Eston explains that what and how the camera shoots is the real language of the film.  What is seen is as crucial as what is heard.

 

Music

 

Home Studio Recording Techniques - DJ Whitehawk

Music Producer H.U.R.T. provides a "do-it-yourself" guide to creating original tracks in the comfort of your own home.

 

Preparing for Tour with an Independent Musician - MusicianWages.com

Drummer Elliot Jacobson gives some tips, tricks and all around sage advice on how indie bands can survive those grueling tours.

 

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So you finally got your break. You're going to be on the radio talking about your book, film, or music. The host of the show is a fan and can't wait to have you on the air. He gives you a time to call in, and you pump your fist in the air. You did it. All the hard work that went into securing an interview paid off.

 

And then it hits you. You've never done an interview before. A wave of panic starts to overtake you. You suddenly realize you're not that interesting. Why in the world would anyone want to interview you? Why did you wish for something like this? You're not going to have anything to say.

 

I've been there. I was sweating bullets before my first radio interview. I took several deep breaths, dialed the number, and nearly fainted when the host of the show actually picked up. He was in commercial break and didn't have time to ask me any preliminary questions. He asked me to hold, and then I heard the show. He popped out of the commercial break and sounded very excited as he introduced me. I seriously wanted to hang up, but before I could, I heard him welcome me to the show.

 

The interview went fine.  After a friendly exchange of greetings, I opened with my one sentence description and felt the tension start to ease..  My voice went up a few registers in the beginning, and I'm sure I sounded like Peter Brady, but eventually I dropped down to my normal tone and just had a conversation with the host. I had worried for no reason. I was talking to someone about my book. I did that all the time. Eventually, I even forgot it was an interview.

 

That's the key to pulling off a successful radio interview: talking. I know it sounds obvious, but people make the mistake of keeping to short and concise answers during interviews. They don't want to burn up the host's airtime. Good hosts want you to expound on things. They're not looking for yes or no answers; they're looking for a conversation. They'll let you know if they're running short on time. Until they start to wind things down, run with it.

 

So, don't sweat it. You are interesting. Once you start talking about your art, you'll have plenty to say.

 

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Harry Potter is a Job Stimulus Plan!

 

The Economist peels back the financial layers of the Harry Potter franchise and discovers J.K. Rowling has created a lot of jobs.  Here's an excerpt from the article:

 

The recession of 2008-09 has been accompanied by bold claims about businesses? economic importance. As car makers teetered many people put it about that one in ten American jobs depended on the industry. The figure turned out to include taxi drivers. Similarly adventurous claims have been made for telecoms and road-building. As a single-handed creator of jobs and wealth, though, few can match the writer Joanne Rowling.

 

You can read the entire article by clicking here: The Harry Potter Economy

 

 

Could an Online Film Make Its Way to Theatrical Release in the Future?

 

Writer and director Michael Mohan makes an interesting point in The New York Times on the future of film distribution.  In his words:

 

"There's no reason it can't go to theaters after it's already available online; they are two different groups of people," Mr. Mohan said. "I know a lot of theater owners aren?t into it, but maybe somebody out there is that progressive."

 

You can read the entire article by clicking here: At Sundance, New Routes to Finding an Audience

 

This Old Guitar

 

Troy Richardson of MadeLoud shares his best advice on how to give new life to your old guitar, rekindling that old six-string spark the two of you once shared.  As he puts it:

 

With a few dollars and a little bit of care, you can make the guitar you have now your future's longest lasting relationship.

 

You can see Richardson's tips on repairing your guitar by clicking here: Own Your Tone - Inexpensive, DIY Ways to Make Your Guitar Sound Better

 

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I faked my way through my first screenplay. I had no idea what I was doing. I'm one of those people who learns by doing... and doing... and doing. I didn't get it right until I had cranked out my ninth screenplay. I only knew I had gotten it right because I entered it in the Nicholl Fellowship and somehow made it all the way to the semi-final round. I guess you could say I almost got it right since I didn't actually win a fellowship, but the point remains that I progressed light-years from that first screenplay, which I wrote on an electric typewriter, to the point in time where I held that Nicholl Fellowship letter in my hand that let me know I was "oh, so close."

 

The question is, why? What had I learned that made such a difference in my screenwriting skills? The structure was basically the same. The language was very similar. The style was slightly different but not markedly so. So what made screenplay number nine so much better than screenplay number one?

 

My knowledge of the film shoot process had changed. I had read books on how to write a screenplay, and they were very helpful. I wouldn't have grown as a writer without them, but what was more helpful to me was picking up books on how to direct a film, how to finance a film, and how to sell a film. I also got the opportunity to work as a production assistant on short films and music videos. I even spent some time behind the camera and in the edit bay working on a country music television show. Finally, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to write and direct TV commercials. All of it served as an education in the collaborative nature of a film shoot.

 

Once I knew what happened off frame, I could write better for the frame. I saw the story from multiple points of view. I had a better idea of how the director would interact with the screenplay. I knew how the executive producer would see it. I could picture how the editor would cut it together. I saw more than the story when I wrote. I saw the shoot.

 

If you're a novelist who wants to write a screenplay, my advice is to find some work on a film shoot or TV show, or help someone putting together a no-budget feature. Volunteer your time if you have to. The important thing here is to immerse yourself in the filmmaking process. Once you know how a film production works, you'll know how to write a film.

 

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